What is most prominent is happening in the highland markets in Sapa?

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Sapa market days are one of the interested places when traveling to the Northwestern highland. You can easy to find out a great number of handcrafted products made by ethnic groups at almost markets. In the very early morning, hundreds of ethnic people in colorful minorities are concentrated on Sapa markets. All days in every week, markets are held on so you shouldn’t worry about the schedule traveling plan. However, these are not only for trading until late afternoon, but also for socializing and unwinding after hard working days.

You will be attractive by the unique brocade products in vibrant colors, and subtle patterns of the H’Mong, Dao Do, and Giay. Otherwise, there are fruits, vegetables, and spices which are also favorite goods of tourists. When entrancing in the market gate, tourists will see mountain fruits like peach, apricot, pear and plum.

What is most prominent is happening in the highland markets in Sapa?
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You should buy souvenirs for your friends and relatives once visiting this market. For example, there are ethnic silver jewelry, medical herbs, forest honey, natural medicines and ganoderma. A number of embroidered skirts, handbags, blankets, and table covers is made by the indigenous. If you really like colorful costume of H’Mong, Dao people in Sapa, you also is easy to look for authentic ethnic fabric. No doubts, sellers can speak English fluently.

Going to Sapa market in the morning, you should enjoy a lot of favorite breakfast of steamed corn wheat, horse soup and corn wine. These are traditional food of local people and must-try for any tourists who come here.

The list of traditional foods

Sapa is not only famous for magnificent beauty of nature, the fresh atmosphere, but also a place is famous for many special foods. There are Cap Nach pork, Thang Co, salmon hot pot, grilled dishes, seven colours sticky rice. We will give you some suggestion of what food you must try when visit Sapa.

Cap Nach pork

If you visit ethnic villages, you will see all pigs are free to find food in the forest or garden since they are piglet. Therefore, after 1 year the pigs weight just about 20kgs. This kind of pork is very special with fresh thick meat, crispy sweet skin, and favour is pretty fragrant. Under the skilful hands of chef, Cap Nach’s meat was steamed, roasted, grilled. Every cuisine is delicious and hard to refuse.

Grilled food

The weather in Sapa is cool all year, that why every tourist never forgets to try grilled dishes when visit here. Specially, there is a street where people sell only grilled food, it is Ham Rong Street.

If you are fond of spicy food, skewers are you best choice. It is the most common grilled dish here. Chunks of meat are coated with spices, oil, and chilli powder and skewered on bamboo sticks and grill. Each of type has different spices, you have many options. For distance, you also can enjoy various perennial grilled food such as corn, sweet potato, cassava, and other birds. All of them are very sweet and fresh, and prices of just 3,000VND- 15,000VND per dish.

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Thang Co

The most famous dishes of H’mong in Sapa is Thang Co which usually use for festival or special day. It is sold at the fair in the weekend. It is a mixed soup which includes meat, organs of horse, vegetables and special kinds of spices. Today, Thang co is cooked to serve all people in Sapa, especially to serve tourist. Now, the Dao, Tay people also know how to cook the dish. However, the special flavours that tourists can unforgettable are made by H’mong. Therefore, you not only enjoy the delicious foods but also you know more about the cultural beauty of ethnic.

Salmon hot pot

Salmon hot pot will bring you a unique flavour, fresh- toned, low-fat, fresh red meat which is very nutritious. The broth cooked with salmon bones so sweet, will be eaten with fresh vegetables. A salmon hot pot is not too expensive, with about 500,000VND- 600,000VND you can have a pot for 3- 4 peoples.

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Seven colours sticky rice

Travelling to Sapa, you will have a chance to enjoy seven colours sticky rice- a traditional dish of Nung ethnic minority in Muong Khuong, Lao cai. Sticky rice is processed into colours: pink, scarlet, crimson, dark green, yellow green, and white. All of its colours are made from the leaves of forest trees so it is good for health.

Viet Travel Magazine hope that through this post, you can find some useful information and beautiful places to note in your list of thing-to-do when traveling to the Northwest of Vietnam. It ensures that you will have a memorable and enjoyable time at those destinations.

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